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Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

Date Posted Jul. 9, 2020
Title Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, United States
Department Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Electrical and/or Electronics

The Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, led by Dean Ed Schlesinger, invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE). This is an outstanding opportunity for an accomplished scholar with leadership experience, in collaboration with a growing faculty and an enterprising Dean, to further strengthen an exceptional department at the nation’s first research university. The best candidates will embody the intellectual distinction, entrepreneurial capacity, collaborative spirit, transparency, inclusiveness, and creativity that characterize the School’s culture, along with a scholarly record deserving appointment as tenured full professor at The Johns Hopkins University. Serving a renewable five-year term, the Head will be appointed as a full-time tenured faculty member in ECE and will be encouraged to remain active in research, with strategic leadership of the Department as their top priority.

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), one of the Whiting School’s nine departments, now comprises 25 core tenure-line faculty (i.e. faculty whose primary appointment is in ECE) plus nearly 20 additional tenure-line faculty whose primary appointment is in either another Whiting School department or in the School of Medicine. ECE also employs approximately 20 other faculty in research, adjunct, or lecturer roles. Nearly 30% of the Department’ faculty have been appointed in the last five years, bringing fresh ideas and the potential to grow and strengthen new research directions. ECE is one of the most diverse faculties in the Whiting School, with 43% of tenure-line faculty comprised of women or underrepresented minorities.

ECE’s research strengths can be described in two broad themes: human-centric science and engineering, and cyber-physical science and systems. In their own labs and in centers, ECE faculty have developed highly-respected research programs in a number of dynamic areas, notably human-language processing, medical imaging, and photonics. The department enjoys active collaborations with other Whiting School departments including biomedical engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering, and with scientists and physicians in Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The Department supports a vibrant professional Master’s degree program and is represented in the Whiting School’s highly successful Engineering for Professionals part-time degree program.

The Department’s operating budget, not including faculty salaries and fringe, is roughly $2.5M. In the 2019 calendar year, research expenditures were approximately $17.3M. ECE has consistently ranked among the top 20 ECE departments in US News & World Report. More information about the Department is available at

Whiting School Dean Ed Schlesinger is committed to providing the support that will enable ECE to substantially advance its mission. The appointment of a department Head constitutes a shared commitment between the Dean and the Head to pursue defined, impactful, and sustainable strategic ambitions. The Dean expects to partner closely with the Head in advocating for the department, including substantial engagement in fundraising activities, which will be additionally supported by University expertise and resources. ECE faculty have voted to move the department to the Head model, becoming the fourth Whiting department to commit to this more strategic paradigm.

Position Qualifications

The new Head will be an entrepreneurial and proven leader who can inspire faculty, staff, and students in a shared governance environment. They will have the ability inclusively to develop a compelling vision to establish ECE as a hub for electrical or computer engineering research and as a site of innovation, teaching, and translation. They will have strong skills for mentoring junior faculty and will promote the interests of the entire department. Fundraising experience is preferred. The Department Head will have a dossier that embodies a strong track record of scholarship and teaching; a passionate commitment to research, discovery, and application; a track record of commitment to and impact on the diversity and inclusiveness of organizations they have led or been part of; and an interest in and aptitude for academic administration.

Expected educational background and qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in electrical or computer engineering or a closely related field and a scholarly record deserving appointment as tenured full professor at The Johns Hopkins University;
  • Recognized leadership in a field of electrical or computer engineering with a distinguished national and international reputation for research and education;
  • Excellent communication skills in both internal and external interactions;
  • A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels among faculty, students, and staff; and
  • Leadership experience within a complex research environment or in national/international organizations connected to the field of electrical or computer engineering.

The Whiting School of Engineering has engaged Opus Partners ( to support the recruitment of the ECE Department Head. Craig Smith, Partner, and Jeff Stafford, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Applicants should submit a single PDF containing a letter of interest outlining their research and leadership experience, their CV, and a two or three-page statement of research interests to Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should go to the same address. Review of credentials will begin promptly and will continue until the appointment is finalized. Every effort will be made to ensure candidate confidentiality.

The Whiting School of Engineering and the Department Electrical or computer engineering Science & Engineering are committed to building a diverse educational environment, and women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

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